E214 TMA01 Essay

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E214 TMA01

This essay highlights and discusses models of disability reflected in two separate articles (Appendices A and B). I will identify the models of disability they represent. Both have been recently featured in the Guardian newspaper and are stories on disabled people.

Appendix A was reported some years ago but continues to evoke opinion and has featured again recently due to a similar case. ‘Ashley’ is a profoundly disabled girl, who at six years old has a mental age of 3 months. Her parents decided on controversial treatment for her, as her condition would not improve. Ashley has undergone surgery to remove her uterus and breasts, and for three years she received hormone treatment to keep her weight and height low. It
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However, there is little positive use of language when describing Ashley’s condition. Curt Decker from the US Disability Rights Network criticises the procedure and calls for it to be banned. The author supports the action and that a more ethical approach on individual case basis is needed. I would have liked the parents to show an Affirmation model way of thinking by adjusting more of her environment and not her.

The second article is that of two disabled men interviewed about their creation of a successful disability lifestyle magazine. Their magazine differs from some others on the market as it doesn’t solely focus on the disabled rights issues. This piece very much reflects the Affirmation model as they are role models to others that a disability shouldn’t stop you doing what you want to do. They share experiences and discussions, provide advice and help to other disabled people. They both do not like to dwell on their impairments as they do not see it as important. This reflects Shakespeare’s (1992) Social model thinking that suggests by mentioning biology, to admit pain and impairments risks the thought that disability is really about physical limitations after all and not the discrimination and prejudice that it really is. This shows their support of the Social model to society creating the disability to their impairment. Their plan is for the magazine to "to

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